BLUE CHECK BLUES: Twitter Halts Verifications After Uproar Over Verifying Virginia Nazi Rally Organizer

The Verge reports:

After widespread criticism over its decision to verify the account of Jason Kessler, an organizer behind the far-right Unite the Right protest, Twitter said it has “paused” its verification process while it works on a new system.

Twitter offers a blue checkmark to accounts that it has verified as authentic. Kessler, who describes himself on Twitter as a “freelance journalist” contributing to far-right publications, announced his verification by the service on Tuesday.

  • AlternativeQuacks

    OT – Oh HELL is breaking loose on Capitol Hill.

    https://twitter.com/thehill/status/928668510519201793

    • Gustav2

      Delay until after 2018 midterms, but rich fuck contributors will still get personal tax breaks?

      • AlternativeQuacks

        I can’t wait to see Trump’s tweetstorm about this tonight.

        • Gustav2

          Why, most of his businesses are “pass throughs” already taxed at a lower rate and the kids will not have taxes to pay when he croaks.

          • GayOldLady

            I’m not sure he has any money that isn’t tied to Russian money laundering. All the shell corps and off shoring will be part of what Mueller uses to lock him up.

    • another_steve

      Many political analysts are saying it’s a sure bet that Trump will get a tax reform bill to sign by the end of the year. It’s viewed as an existential crisis/requirement by congressional Republicans.

      No tax reform enacted by the end of the year = bye-bye congressional Republican reelection chances.

      • AlternativeQuacks

        Yes, Lindsay Graham and a few others have been very blunt the last couple days about that, that their donors are telling the GOP get tax reform done or no more money. But they also got the message from Tuesday’s election loud and clear, so now the GOP is between a rock and a hard place.

        • Tawreos

          They are pissed to discover that they might actually be accountable to the people the constitution says they are accountable to.

          • David Walker

            Oh, no! Not that! Them?

        • (((GC)))

          If the Greedy Old Party becomes (politically) impotent and unviable, I won’t be shedding any tears.

        • jerry

          The Koch brothers, specifically, were going to withhold all their dark money if “tax reform” doesn’t pass.

          For individual returns, the proposals I’ve seen would do away with a lot of individual deductions, such as educator expenses, student loan interest, education credits, and the child tax credit…i.e. middle class money paying directly to upper classes.

      • Hue-Man

        Under the rules, the INCREASE in the deficit can’t exceed $1.5 TRILLION over 10 years and they can’t get there without gimmicks like deferring the corporate tax cut.
        The forecast deficit for FY 2018 is $440 BILLION.

        Where are all the Republicans fretting over their children having to pay off today’s deficits for the next century?

        https://www.usgovernmentdebt.us/us_deficit
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/869479cd1e865582d6d0a0b02c07614a1db7739ca02222c7cb81ff9a515b8df7.png

        • another_steve

          Great comment, Hue-Man.

          Most objective observers predict that the tax bill that will eventually go to Trump for signature will be a huge gift to Corporate America and to the Republican Party’s most wealthy donors. And middle-America will pay for it.

          The deplorables are busy drinking cheap beer and scratching their balls.

          They’ll think it’s all hugely great.

        • TCinBerkeley

          The debt is only a concern to Rs when there is a black Democrat in the White House.

    • kaydenpat

      So no tax cuts. Another Trump fail.

      • Todd20036

        Even with a red government.

        • kaydenpat

          They can’t govern. They’re only good at obstructing.

          • Tawreos

            This has been their main problem for years.

          • kaydenpat

            Which works out well for us since any legislation they’d be passing would be awful.

          • (((GC)))

            And sometimes they succeed on a monumental scale — like refusing to hold hearings for anyone to fill Obama’s Supreme Court vacancy FOR A YEAR until a Republican president* took power.

            (That confirmation “merely” replaced Scalia with a younger, more conservative “super-Scalia”. The real danger is if Popular Vote Loser Dolt 45* gets to nominate a second or third justice.)

            Ditto for the Rethuglican Party obstructing Obama’s nominations to other federal judgeships.

            Sometimes bad behavior does pay.

          • kareemachan

            The good thing is that it sounds like Mr. Conservative SC Justice is pissing everybody else off on the court.

          • killreligion

            He was a pompous ass parading his oh shucks schtick during the hearings. His colleagues shouldn’t be surprised. Personality should have disqualified him for a role that requires humility and neutrality.

          • kareemachan

            They got too used to obstructing and have forgotten (if they ever knew) how to actually do gummint work.

          • (((GC)))

            They’ve also forgotten why we even have governments! In the words of that document they claim to revere, it was to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”.

          • Dom Saunders

            They’re overgrown children. They’re the first to flip the table and create chaos when they don’t get their way, but the moment they actually get the power to do things, they’re without a damn clue. This is one of many reasons why I could never trust Republicans.

          • bkmn

            This needs to be on the lips of every fucking Democrat. Highlight the fact they can’t achieve one of their biggest goals because they are so dysfunctional

      • Robincho

        ANOTHER TRUMP FAIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (fify)

    • The_Wretched

      Here’s hoping someone noticed not paying for 1.7 Trillion dollars (borrowing from China to cover the short fall?) of spending matters? It’s fiscal insanity to have a budget of 7.2 trillion dollars and only pay for (tax) 5.5 trillion.

      • Tawreos

        Debt only matters when it is caused by a democrats actions.

    • Cuberly Deux

      Heh, Paradise Papers inspired backlash perchance?

      Or, let me guess, they need to come up with a cynical messaging strategy excuse for those poor multi-nationals forced to offshore billions.

    • The_Wretched

      The republican plan was to have the House and Senate both run tax bills in parallel and then get them ‘reconciled’ before the end of the year. That way they could gut and shiv us all while we’re distracted with the holidays and the news media will be in its holiday coma. Tada, tax bill and no (limited) backlash. In legislative terms, the Senate stopping now means that plan is at risk.

    • Leo
      • The_Wretched

        Blip news / temporary fire drill. It’s a petulant response or programmatic AI trades or just bloodsuckers harvesting. Unless and until a change is for multiple days, it’s meaningless.

        • killreligion

          I hope you are right. Corporate tax reform should be done smartly which these idiots can’t do but I’d prefer fixing that to giving personal income breaks to ultra high earners

          Blip or not it’s depressing to watch my savings fluctuate like this-with a decade more to go before needing it to retire!

      • Publius

        Hopefully it’s not long lasting. We don’t want a shitty stock market regardless of who the president is.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Yet more winning.

    • hdtex
    • bkmn

      All elections matter.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Love it!!!!!

    • gaycuckhubby

      Trumps twitter will be amazing!
      He’s gets so much more upset over Repubs than Dems. Lol

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      So the only legislation trump has signed that has come from congress is a not-implemented package of sanctions on russia and a bill allowing mentally ill people to buy guns?
      Boy. The winning is killing me

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Also O/T: new story has 4 women accusing Roy Moore of sexual abuse. Debate THAT, asshole!

  • another_steve

    Twitter, we are discovering, is perhaps the major societal techno-disaster of the 21st Century. A cancer.

    End it now.

  • Ninja0980

    I have no idea how the idiots at Twitter didn’t realize the bad PR they would get from this.

    • Tawreos

      They streamlined it and put it into the hands of people making, maybe, a bit above minimum wage. The company’s reputation means less than possibly getting written up for not dotting i’s and crossing t’s

    • John30013

      These tech companies claim to know so much about us, but seem to have a massive blind spot for how they’re actually used and thought of by the public, vs how they perceive themselves and expect their services to be used and thought of. (I know this because I work in the industry.) They don’t expect their services will be used maliciously, and they think their good intentions are self-evident. Therefore they don’t build safeguards against certain kinds of malicious use (i.e., spreading fake news), especially if doing so is technically hard (which it is) and costly (which it also is).

      • David Walker

        1. But then why the hell did god invent focus groups?
        2. From “The Pirates of Penzance”:
        Yes, it’s very evident
        These intentions are well-meant.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Publius
    • Gustav2

      I guess someone is feeling, ummm, inadequate? Bet he drives a big truck.

      • kaydenpat

        And has very small hands.

      • Publius

        Haha, I voted no just to be a dick.

    • GayOldLady

      What a POS!

    • kaydenpat

      Yeah but it’s not okay to be a racist douche which is what you are.

    • another_steve

      “I’m Donald Trump and I approved this question.”

    • Lizard

      You know, a part of me almost feels bad for him. It must really suck to be so completely inadequate that the only thing he feels proud of about himself is his skin color–something unchangeable and out of his control.

      • (((GC)))

        Self-esteem by invidious comparison probably figures into this a great deal. He must feel that he’s better than the “lesser” people who are not white.

        (ETA) “I’m OK, you’re not OK”, or frequently, “I’m OK, you’re OK, but he’s not!”

        • Lizard

          Exactly. That’s what I’m saying. If all he has to be proud of is being part of the “master” race, something completely out of his control, he must be a sad person indeed.

  • John30013

    I never took “verification” to imply anything other than that Twitter had positively identified the owner of the account. I certainly never considered it an “endorsement” of the account owner or their views.

    Maybe Twitter just needs a more “neutral” icon for verified accounts, like maybe a “person” icon, or an “ID badge” icon.

    • Tulle Christensen

      same I always thought of it as the name on the account belonging to the person posting on said account. For use to weed out fake celebrities

      edit: my typing is never very good but I seem to be doing worse than usual today

    • Gustav2

      Or a tiny tiki torch?

    • The_Wretched

      Then they need to change the icon. The blue (twitter color) color and checks meaning ‘approved’ looks like the Twit-corp endorses those tweeters.

    • Joe in PA

      Same here. I’m GLAD to know this clown’s malicious, racist, hate-mongering tweets are actually coming from him. Seems to me…much ado about nothing.

    • Dicky

      Twitter’s own “Verified Accounts help page” says that it is supposed to mean that the account is authenticated manually and of public interest. They also give the boiler plate disclaimer of “A verified badge does not imply an endorsement by Twitter.”
      If that was as far as it went, then it might not be so bad. But the litany of people who say that their repeated attempts at verification were denied makes it worse. There is also a chorus of people who have complained that their verifications were removed for no apparent violations.
      Their “verified accounts” page outright says they give them more notification filters and opting out of group DMs. Other users and employees say that verified accounts also get their own queue for Twitter Support and that they have a much higher threshold on rule violations.

  • Boreal

    More fail from twitter.

    • kaydenpat

      They need to get their act together.

  • MikeBx2

    I DID see that coming.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Maybe they could just alter the verification icon (卐) for people like Kessler.

  • kaydenpat

    Good that Twitter received pushback on this and is backtracking.

  • Good. That was truly disgusting, seeing as how there are MANY people on Twitter who do deserve to be ID’d as verified, and who have 10s of thousands of followers AND who have attracted troll impersonator acc’ts—but who haven’t been.

    • AlternativeQuacks

      LOL. (Not defending Twitter – I think this is too little, too late on their part. But I still think her reaction is hilarious.)

      https://twitter.com/MichaelVanRysw2/status/927028166111256577

    • IMHO, they ought to redo the whole bloody thing and make more generally available so we don’t have to depend on guessing whether a profile is real or not:
      – Verified email address
      – Must meet a certain minimum of profile details
      – Acc’t must be at least six months old (or some other arbitrary number)
      – Person applying must simply prove they’re an actual real human (there are lots of ways to do this, and I’m not talking Captcha but rather something like providing a credit card number or ID number or something like that)
      – One and only one verification per human (i.e., if you have extra acc’ts, no verification beyond one, to dissuade sockpuppets & bots)

      • (((GC)))

        Some Reddit forums, as part of their verification process, ask people to write their username etc. on a piece of paper, then crumple it and smooth it out again, and send a picture of themselves holding the paper. That’s supposed to discourage photoshopping.

        • Interesting. Simple, but effective.

  • AJD

    I tried applying for verification, provided all the information requested, and was still turned down.

  • Lars Littlefield

    How do you verify a twitter account? For that matter, how do we get a Disqus account verified. I see some folks have a tag next to their avatars that say “verified” or “bona fide.” I’d like to have my bony fidees played with.

    • Tawreos

      Disqus does not have a program for verifying accounts like twitter does. Anyone can add the verified or bona fide to their account name or even the check marks or other symbols, if you know how (I don’t).

      • The_Wretched

        Right click your gravitar to open disqus
        click the gear in the top right
        select profile
        then edit your name
        paste in ✔ (google check mark then cut and paste)
        Save
        reload

    • edrex

      i stand as my own verification.

  • Leo
    • Those states are where the GOP’s been doing the most voter suppression and the Russians/Trumpers have been doing the most propagandizing and hacking.

      This ain’t all on the Dems. Yeah, they have to overcome it, but we shouldn’t feed into this false narrative that THEY were screwing up. They weren’t. And if you need proof, just look at Waukesha county WI’s ballot numbers—the GOPers have been openly cheating there for close to two decades.

      • Halou

        The thing about Gerrymandering is that it works up until a certain point, you can win majorities with as little as a quarter of the vote, but once it tips it tips bigly, you end up getting an absolute thrashing, not just in one or two places but all across the board. And thanks to the gerrymandering itself it is a consequence that, while it can be expected, it cannot be seen coming.

    • Halou

      If i recall, Trump won those states by just a few thousand voters, despite the ilicit aid they have received. So maybe not such a herculean task to overcome the GOP next year or in 2020.

      • Treant

        Trump “won” these states by just a few thousand “votes.”

        • (((GC)))

          After major attacks on the ability of those pesky Democratic voters to actually vote.

          “The Election was Stolen – Here’s How”
          https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-election-was-stolen-heres-how/

          • Treant

            Including me. I had to go three places to vote due to bad maps and bad “help.” We did eventually manage, but I also told them point blank they were getting reported for voter suppression.

            Those maps came down while I standing there and were destroyed in front of me. I still reported them.

          • (((GC)))

            I heard about robocalls giving false election information.

          • Treant

            In my case, it was the map at the election location itself, with a huge “NOTE CHANGES” sign over it.

            No, kids, there were no changes. They tried to blame it on an intern, though…

          • Tulle Christensen

            I always vote early at the local library

          • The_Wretched

            You mean there were factors other than a single democratic socialist!? /boggle.

  • Lizard

    “I must be the only working-class white advocate with that distinction.”

    Christ. Is it always all about them with these assholes? He must be able to see yesterday’s breakfast with his head that far up his own ass.

  • Lazycrockett

    and throw in a edit option while you are at it twitter.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      You can’t edit a tweet after you have posted it? What madness is this??

      • (((GC)))

        You can delete it, though.

        And if you’re a public figure like a politician or celebrity, people can do their best to track and preserve your deleted tweets, whether with individual screencaps or projects like Politwoops:
        https://projects.propublica.org/politwoops/

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          I always wondered why people would post a tweet and then delete it over a simple typo. Now I know!! Thx

          • Lazycrockett

            I’ve seen people slayed over the your and you’re mistake.

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            LOL – had to recheck my post to see if I just did that!

          • (((GC)))

            To the grammar critics, I’d offer comfort. “There, their, they’re.”

  • The_Wretched

    I don’t think “far right” and “working class advocate” are overlapping concepts. I’ve yet to see a nazi-plan for the worker that actually helped the worker.

    • True that. Their ‘plans’ begin and end at “whip up a mob and use it to terrorize deliberately targeted minority groups.”

    • edrex

      dude should know that making meth in a bathtub does not equal “working class.”

  • Tomcat

    Has our lame dick president been verified? Other than verified nuttier than a fruitcake.

    • yes

    • (((GC)))

      Has his Twitter account been suspended for his abusive tweets violating the Terms of Service?

      Oh, he’s the President*? Everything he tweets is by definition “newsworthy”… never mind.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f19c40b60ac48f884f8e152323c2c2f976b300aae977d03caaab7062bb0aff0.jpg

      • Halou

        His tweets make Jack richer so the standard rules don’t apply.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Verified Fact: Even a regifted nutty fruitcake makes quite a treat when drenched in sufficient brandy and set alight!

      • (((GC)))

        I thought there was only one fruitcake in existence in the entire USA, regifted from person to person to person.

  • Sam_Handwich

    o/t
    well this is interesting. sounds like Brietbart got a tip that the Washington Post is working on a damaging report about Roy Moore, so Breitbart is doing preemptive spin on behalf of the Moore campaign ….

    The Washington Post is imminently planning to run a piece targeting Judge Roy Moore claiming that he engaged in inappropriate conduct with four teenage girls thirty-four years ago.

    The alleged incidents, all strongly denied by Moore, were said to have taken place between 1977 and 1982. Breitbart News obtained details of the forthcoming Post story from the newspaper’s letter detailing the allegations sent to Moore’s campaign for comment.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/09/after-endorsing-democrat-teenagers-judge-fires-back-denial/

    • Tawreos

      Wow, possibly another holy roller christian kiddy diddler, what a surprise.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        You know, I had heard rumors before. Looks like there is something there.

    • Boreal

      ‘Breitbart News’ obtained details of the forthcoming Post story from
      the newspaper’s letter detailing the allegations sent to Moore’s
      campaign for comment.’
      Which Moore’s campaign quickly forwarded to Deadbart.

    • Lazycrockett

      If they are related to him this is not going to be a problem for Moore.

    • MikeBx2
      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        This is gonna hurt!
        Time for Roy to commit seppuku.

      • Guess

        Looks like somebody needed The Fifteen (CRASH)… TEN! Commandments around just to remind himself.

        • MikeBx2

          LOL

  • Lazycrockett
    • Bryan

      Spoiler: “#6. Bernie Sanders.”

      • Treant

        1, 6, 7, and 9 pretty much cover the terrible band, Sanders and the Bros.

        I’m now #11; Person exposed to this who apparently isn’t your intended audience and can’t see who or how this helps, and now thinks far less of the author as a decent person and empathetic human.

        The argument in the comments that this is not intended for white audiences could easily be turned around and white supremacist literature is not intended for black audiences…so they need to shut up and go away.

    • Treant

      (rolls eyes). Honestly, now I dislike him.

      If I wrote an article called “The Most Useless Types of Black People” I’d be run out of town. Rightfully so. Even though I could stereotype just as badly as he’s done.

      • Lazycrockett

        Oh the comments are going to be a great read.

        • Treant

          Pass, thanks, I’m fuckin’ tired of bigotry turned 180 and called righteous anger. It’s petulant, petty, and, frankly, very Trumpish.

          I made the mistake of reading a few.

  • Bambino

    Social media the likes of Twitter , Facebook and Instagram are the same as Uber, Air BnB. The easy access of communication and services is the gist of these apps. There is no foundation to safeguard the privacy, safety for the users. Their employees behind the scene have no professional training beyond the superficial customer service and technicians to keep the site operational.Just as Paypal is not a financial institution with depth of money management. They relies on volume of users to sign up and never offer real solutions when problems arises. What Twitter or Facebook is doing is just putting buckets under the leaky roof.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • Lars Littlefield

      I don’t play the twitterhead game, but would someone who does play twitter please tweet to this person that he’s not a journalist. He’s just another asshole with an opinion. Big difference.

      • Priya Lynn

        I was on Twitter for several months. I decided it was stupid and useless and deleted my account.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Also, while we’re on the subject of delusional white supremacists, someone’s got a serious case of wishful thinking….

    https://twitter.com/mitchellvii/status/928461167584047105

    • danolgb

      I have one of those friends who believes everything he reads on the internet posting how John Podesta was going to be arrested. He is also a guy that thought Gary Johnson was a good choice for president.

    • Treant

      Are there more than the dozen or so we know about? I’m willing to bet they stitch through the lower and middle of Dumpy’s “administration.” Although perhaps one might include somebody unexpected, that’s certainly not impossible.

    • The_Wretched

      I somehow doubt it. Sounds like an overstatement based on Tony Podesta having something to do with Manafort’s lobbying money.

  • Taylor Bixler

    “white advocate”
    This guy can’t move to Ohio fast enough

  • gaycuckhubby

    So we want Twitter to mark who is good or not? Their job is to verify who is a real person, not who is moral. Im glad they no longer verify

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Well, for me it’s the claim of being a journalist that caught my eye. Verification should include vetting claims if they’re being made. If he wants to be verified as a “working class white advocate” fine, but claiming to be a journalist? That’s a stretch.

      • Taylor Bixler

        He is not a journalist. He wrote 1 article for Daily Caller about a tiki torch stunt in Charlottesville in April, where it was proved he had lied about the events (he was later charged with perjury) and DC fired him. The only other thing this snowflake writes is his white supremacist blog. And his tweets saying Heather Heyer deserved to die.

        • gaycuckhubby

          I dont want twitter deciding who is a legit journalist

          • Taylor Bixler

            Not what the check mark denotes. His own work proves he is not a journalist.

          • gaycuckhubby

            I agree. Completely. I have no problem with Twitter verifying him as a real person

          • Taylor Bixler

            I may not understand what the checkmark means anymore, but at one time it was given to highly sought celebrities and public figures or those at risk of impersonation. This perpetually aggrieved white dude fits none of those categories except in his own mind.

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            He classifies for a white checkmark against a white background. 🙂

  • Michael R
    • -M-

      There’s the solution!

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Leigh Corfman accuses Moore of initiating sexual touching with her back in the 1970s, when she was 14 and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. Three other women say Moore pursued them when he was in his 30s and they were between the ages of 16 and 18. “I wasn’t ready for that — I had never put my hand on a man’s penis, much less an erect one,” Corfman told The Post about one encounter with Moore. She added: “I wanted it over with — I wanted out.”

    • The_Wretched

      This belong over on the Roy Moore post?

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        Yep – didn’t see it! Sorry

      • gaycuckhubby

        This belongs on every post 🙂

  • David L. Caster

    Simply say “Identity verified” and leave it at that.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Isn’t that what it is?

      • (((GC)))

        That’s the intent, but enough people are interpreting it as some sort of endorsement, which Twitter does. not. want.

        • gaycuckhubby

          Gotcha.
          If people can’t handle a blue check mark than I agree with Twitters decision.

      • David L. Caster

        Yes, but people were interpreting the blue check icon as some kind of endorsement of the user. It was also taking time to get a verification completed and the meaning of verified was ambiguous.

        • gaycuckhubby

          God! People suck.

  • gaycuckhubby

    If I was in charge I would sell Twitter.
    All of a sudden everyone wants it sanitized, censored and monitored.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      I certainly don’t…though sadly, I can see why it’s happening. What should have been a platform for discourse has become a platform of discord. Alas, free speech is free speech….it’s just a shame many use that right for the sole purposes of bullying, trolling and all around uncivilized behavior.

      • Joe in PA

        Welcome to the real world. Sadly.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Personal threats and bullying to private (not public) figures? Sure. I can see that being cause for termination.

      • ECarpenter

        There have always been limits on free speech. When speech is used to cause substantial harm, it is not protected in any country.

    • Taylor Bixler
    • Treant

      At the very least, I’d like ads human-vetted to assure that the political ones, at minimum, don’t break the law.

      But then again, I also expect that once they do break the law, they should actually have to pay for that. So I’m kind of an idealist there.

    • ECarpenter

      No, GayCuck. As you know, we just want to stop malicious trolls from lying on Twitter to affect elections. We want to stop degrading and vile threats of violence, rape and death against women and progressives on Twitter.

      You understand what we want.

      But it’s ok with you if trolls cause harm. You want to protect the trolls.

  • Joe in PA

    Does anyone know how Twitter “verifies” accounts? What does that mean exactly…you have to show a government ID?

    How about we don’t get our important info from Twitter?

    And now…get off my lawn!

    • Lars Littlefield

      Fabulous!

    • Treant

      Or, why I don’t use Twitter.

    • Taylor Bixler
      • Joe in PA

        Thanks. Still kind of nebulous…it says stuff like “Twitter may ask for…”. But thank though.

        • Taylor Bixler

          Seems like it has changed from its initial “status” symbol to something else entirely now.

    • Reality.Bites

      Verified status applies to people with a public profile, like actors, politicians, etc. Basically anyone who some random stranger might decide to impersonate.

      For example, Dan Savage’s verified ID is “FakeDanSavage” because when he joined twitter someone was already impersonating him.

      (Since I’m not an idiot) I’ve never taken it as any kind of endorsement of the person in question, just verification that they are who they say they are.

  • Twitter as a non-government entity has no obligation to allow white supremacists to have accounts at all, much less to verify them. They should cut him the fuck off.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Yes. And since Trump is a white supremicist anyone who voted for him should be banned.
      S/

  • Taylor Bixler
    • Dom Saunders

      But I would be the one arrested if I punched him in the face. There’s no justice…

  • Henry Auvil

    If Twitter really wanted to do the right thing and contribute to the future of humanity, it could shut down and apologize for ever existing.

  • OdieDenCO

    can’t twitter just update the verification symbol to a little swastika for the alt-reich?